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Buying your weed with food stamps? Law would nip it in the bud

If you’re on food stamps, should you be able to use those welfare benefits to buy your “medical” or recreational marijuana? People have been using their welfare benefits to do just that, and some lawmakers are trying to nip it in the bud.

Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) has proposed the “No Welfare for Weed Act”, which would mean people on Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP) programs couldn’t use those benefits to get high, The Hill reports.

Gosar says while current laws prohibit welfare benefits from being used at casinos, liquor stores and strip clubs, marijuana dispensaries should be added to that list.

“Regardless of your feelings on states’ rights, ‘medical’ marijuana or recreational marijuana, people shouldn’t be able to get high using hard-earned taxpayer money,” he said.

Gosar isn’t the only one tackling the issue. Rep. David Reichert (R.-Wash.) has proposed another bill, but that would only apply to federal welfare benefits.

via The Hill